Carry-on Bags: Battling over that Angry Inch

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With air travel rising and seat size shrinking it is not surprising that IATA (International Air Transportation Association) is proposing a new carry-on bag size and that size is significantly smaller than the current standard.

Problem is, most carry-on bags are operating in the current 22 x 14 x 9 inches in their dimensions, while new dimensions are reading 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 in a world where every half-inch counts.

While passengers may start to fret (and sweat) as their ever-trusted totes are snagged on the gangway portal and stuffed into bag measuring devices they no longer fit, luggage companies, too, are feeling the pinch. They may have to replace shelves of heretofore “perfect” overhead luggage items with those costly little adaptations. Read more »

Travel Deals: Private Jets to Elephant Express

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Asia by Private Jet and Aman Luxury Hotel Stays

Asia the easy way – and easily the most luxurious – is now a pretty package to be sold through Frontiers International Travel.
This is a rare jaunt fusing Amanresorts with Remote Lands’ extraordinary private jet journey across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Japan.
The trip brings only 16 guests, and takes them around Southeast Asia via two Gulfstream private jets where they stay in some of the world’s most exclusive Amanresorts in Vinh Hy Bay, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Palawan and Tokyo.
All touring is private and each couple has their own car, driver and guide each touring day. Guests will gather at night for cocktail parties and special dinners.
Tour highlights include:  private helicopter tour over Angkor Wat followed by a gourmet picnic lunch on the ground; champagne cocktail party and dinner overlooking Vinh Hy Bay; traditional Lao Baci Ceremony performed by a Buddhist monk; snorkeling the blue waters Amanpulo’s private island; exploring Nui Chua National Park; tasting some of the world’s finest sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market; and touring Tokyo’s top art galleries.

Dates: The 14-day tour runs March 6-20, 2016

Rates: $58,888 per person based on double occupancy.

Contact:
(800) 245-1950
Frontiers International Travel 

 

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Kids Sail Free In Patagonia with Australis

This December, clients can experience the magic of Patagonia and give their kids the breathtaking experience at the end of the world at no extra cost when booking with Australis.
They will be sailing through the Patagonian fjords, navigating the Beagle Channel and witness the magnificence of Torres del Paine, the eighth wonder of the world.
Dates & Rates: The program offers a three-night all inclusive program from US$ 1,895 per adult plus one child 17 or under for free traveling the routes of the Wild Patagonia, departing on December 4 and 18, 2015; the End of the World, departing on December 11 and 25, 2015; and Discover Patagonia, departing on December 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2015. Also, it offers a four-night all inclusive program from US$2,298 per adult plus one child 17 or under for free traveling to the fjords of Tierra del Fuego, departing on December 5, 12 and 19, 2015; and Patagonian Explorer, departing on December 14, 2015.

This promotion is valid for bookings made from July 1 to October 31, 2015, and for trips during December, 2015.

Contact:
(877) 678-3772
www.australis.com

 

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Have S’more at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

In honor of National S’mores Day on Monday, August 10, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay will be celebrating throughout the entire month of August with a s’more assortment created byt Pastry Chef Christian Brassfield.
Traditional s’mores will be available for toasting around the fire pits on The Ocean Terrace. The dreamy treats include San Francisco’s favorite Ghirardelli milk chocolate squares, fluffy marshmallows and traditional graham crackers.

The S’more Romance Experience includes:

  • Accommodations in a Terrace Fire Pit guest room
  • A $200 daily spa credit (ever had a S’mores pedicure?)
  • S’mores kit for two to enjoy by the fire
  • Full daily breakfast for two in Navio

Rates: S’more Romance starts at $1,135 per night.

Contact:
(650) 712-7000
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

 

Tour de France Tours

Ride the Iconic Climbs of the Tour de France

Cycling enthusiasts may want to try their own Tour de France adventure and now have the opportunity to do just that through Cycling House. The tour company is offering its French Alps bicycling tour – a seven-day trip based out of the idyllic town of Annecy will climb Alp D’huez, Col de Puget, Col de Plainpalais, and Col de la Croix to name a few. Daily rides will average 50 – 80 miles and from 5,000 – 8,000 feet of elevation gain.

Dates: Trips run September 1 – 7 and September 9 – 15, 2015

Rates: $2,895 per person.

Contact:
(406) 219-1318
TheCyclingHouse.com

 

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Zimbabwe Safari and a Ride on the Elephant Express

Travelers to Africa interested in learning more about Zimbabwe will enjoy Extraordinary Journeys’ newest Zimbabwe Safari featuring the Elephant Express. It takes visitors through Zimbabwe’s top attractions – Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Park, with accommodations provided by Imvelo Safari Lodges.

Transfer happen via the new Elephant Express, a dual-engine single tram car launched last November to bring travelers comfortably through the Hwange National Park with two hours of game-viewing opportunities while in transit.

Highlights Include:

  • 9 nights combined at Imvelo Safari properties – Camelthorn (3), Nehimba (3), and Zambezi Sands (3);
  • 2 hour Elephant Express transfer ride from Ngamo to Impofo through Hwange National Park;
  • Visit to Ngamo village school with a chance to participate in Imvelo “pump run”;
  • Tour of Victoria Falls and canoeing on Zambezi River from Zambezi Sands.

Rates: Pricing for this 9-night package begins at $4,000 per person and includes three free nights (factored into package cost), accommodations at Imvelo Safari Lodges properties (Camelthorn, Nehimba and Zambezi Sands), transfer aboard the Elephant Express and all other transfers, most meals, game-viewing and unique activities. International airfare is not included.

Contact:
(212) 226 7331
Extraordinary Journeys

 

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Norwegian Air Shuttle: Europe on a Dime

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Flying to Europe these days is anything but cheap. That is, unless you are flying the Nordic way. Norwegian Air Shuttle, better known as Norwegian, is taking up the challenge, and that challenge is simply this: offer low cost air routes between Europe and the U.S. an stay in business.

Moving into year three of said challenge, Norwegian is expanding, fuel costs are staying in check and after a bumpy 2014, life is good for the can-do low cost carrier from Oslo. Read more »

Nordic Glory: Traveling through Scandinavia’s Shadows and Light

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Travel around Scandinavia requires a few caveats: Always bring a sweater; keep your sun glasses handy at all hours; and be prepared to taste.

The Nordic scenery is wild and extreme and is best savored with some intense dining and sipping. Nordic Luxury is a master of it all.  READ MORE …

Travel to Cuba: Being There – Myths and Realities

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By Susan McKee
(Story and Photos)

Cuba: it’s complicated. Not only is there the privation caused by a half-century of economic embargo imposed by the United States, there’s the fact that at least one million Cubans have fled to welcoming shores.

What’s left behind is a society both proud and afraid: Cubans are gratified that they’ve been able to maintain their unique culture in the face of decades of adversity and fearful that what little they have achieved – free education and medical care are mentioned most often — will disappear with the embargo. Read more »

National Parks Summer 2015: Getting Out There

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Summer’s here and the soaring temperatures and stifling heat holds a tight grip on the weather forecasts these days. With the kids are out of school the time may be right for packing up the car and heading for the national parks – if only to cool off in some of nature’s finest playgrounds.

Scenic rivers, vast lakes, and spectacular coastal waters – it’s all there and usually within reasonable driving distance. Here are twelve refreshing possibilities from the National Park Foundation for creating unforgettable memories. Read more »

Medical Emergencies While Traveling Abroad

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Are you insured for that overseas medical mishap? A surprising number of Americans are unclear whether their health insurance works outside the US. In a recent survey by one insurance company a quarter of the travelers polled were not sure whether their domestic health insurance plan would cover any doctor or hospital visits while traveling outside the country.  Read more »